The Times West Virginian

Local News

January 31, 2014

Sheriff’s department, ABCA conduct stings: VIDEO

Of 26 establishments, 16 sell alcohol to people who are under age of 21

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration conducted 26 alcohol checks, or stings, in Marion County on Wednesday night.

According to Chief Deputy Ralph Wright of the sheriff’s department, undercover officers and agents were sent to local restaurants, video poker parlors and grocery stores to see if they would sell alcohol to underage individuals.

“Out of 26 establishments, 16 of them sold alcohol to people under the age of 21,” Wright said.

He mentioned a lot of people working in these businesses will look at the ID and just hand it back to the customer.

A number of the grocery and convenience stores use a scanning system that checks to make sure the ID is valid, Wright said. He added that three actions are taken when the sale of alcohol to an individual under the age of 21 occurs:

• The person who actually sells the alcohol is cited and has a magistrate court hearing.

• The ABCA also goes after the establishment, which is cited and has to attend a hearing.

• Underage individuals are forbidden in businesses with gambling machines, which can result in a violation from the lottery commission.

Wright said in 2013 the sheriff’s department conducted a number of checks.

“After checking again in 2014, the number was a whole lot better,” Wright added.

Wright said the ABCA agents hand out flyers to every business that sells alcohol reminding them of the age it is legal to sell alcohol and the color and position of the ID appropriate for that age.

He added that some of the establishments cited during the sting operation were repeat offenders.

“With the results from (Wednesday) night, we will be targeting businesses again in the next five or six months,” Wright said.

Businesses cited for underage sale of alcohol during Wednesday’s sting operation were: Fairmont N & Out, 7-Eleven in Rivesville, Circle K in Fairview, Layman’s Hot Spot in Fairview, Harvest Moon in Fairmont, Inn at Petty John’s in Fairmont, Mountaineer Saloon in Pleasant Valley, Ridge Tavern Grill in Rivesville, Wings Ole in Fairmont, College Lunch in Fairmont, Mi Pueblo Two in Fairmont, Sports Grille Lounge in Fairmont, Fly’s Bar and Grill in Worthington, The Castle in Fairmont, The Handi Mart in Worthington and Little General Store in Barrackville.

Among the 26 stores that the sheriff’s department and ABCA checked, 10 of them correctly refused the sale of alcohol to underage individuals. Those 10 were: Rich Oil No. 3955 in Fairmont, Smoke Free Hot Spot in Farmington, Mannington Elks in Mannington, High Life Lounge 1 in White Hall, Jeanie’s in Fairmont, Go Mart No. 69 in White Hall, Katy Mart in Fairmont, Chicken Lizards in Mannington, Par Mar Store No. 24 in Fairmont and East Park Mart in Fairmont.

Email Kristen Talerico at or follow her on Twitter @KTalericoTWV.


Text Only
Local News
  • 041814 Fishing 2.jpg Fun, prizes mark annual event at Curtisville Lake

    An annual family fishing event begins at 9:30 a.m. today.
    The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are having the annual Family Fishing Day. The event will take place today at Curtisville Lake, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. and prizes being given away at 10:30 a.m.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Shooting of boy accidental

    A boy remains in critical condition after being shot more than a week ago, and police officials are now saying the incident was accidental in nature.
    On Wednesday, April 9, at 7:52 p.m., police were dispatched to a Fairmont residence after an 11-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound inside the home.

    April 18, 2014

  • FGH oncology to benefit from cleanup

    Proceeds from this year’s town cleanup and recycling in White Hall will go toward comforting local cancer patients.
    During Monday’s council meeting, recorder Charlie Mason said the town will hold its annual cleanup from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at Fabric and Foam in White Hall. He said only White Hall residents may bring their garbage to throw away, but any Marion County resident may bring metal (excluding computers, televisions and tires) to recycle.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pleasant Valley approves phase two of cemetery project

    Pleasant Valley City Council approved phase two of a project to fence in Samuel Linn Cemetery in Benton’s Ferry at the council meeting Tuesday.
    The cemetery was started in 1852, with the death of Samuel Linn.

    April 18, 2014

  • UPDATE: Police say 11-year-old shot in 'accidental discharge of a firearm'

    A boy remains in critical condition after being shot more than a week ago, and police officials are now saying the incident was accidental in nature.

    April 17, 2014

  • Attorney General - CB.jpg Morrisey wants to work with all to ‘help transform West Virginia’

    State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to work with citizens to “help transform West Virginia.”
    Morrisey was the guest speaker for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch and Learn” event Wednesday at the Mon Power headquarters, located in the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont. His trip to the Friendly City followed a town hall meeting in Harrison County Tuesday night.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Behind-the-scenes emergency workers honored

    The Marion County Commission is recognizing the individuals who work behind the scenes when an emergency happens.
    During Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners signed a proclamation for National Public Safety Tele-Communicator’s Week in Marion County. The proclamation recognizes individuals working at the Marion County 911 Center.

    April 17, 2014

  • Wallace residents plead guilty to fishing violations

    Two Wallace residents were cited for and pleaded guilty to trout fishing violations.
    Michael Earl Fetty, 70, and Tammy K. Fetty, 46, were issued citations for exceeding possession limit of trout and conspiracy to violate Chapter 20 of the West Virginia State Code.

    April 17, 2014

  • Military Kids 1 - CB.jpg Military children honored for their sacrifices: PHOTOS

    Military children were honored for their sacrifices Tuesday at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center.
    The event was planned to coincide with Purple Up! Day, a nationwide initiative that encourages everyone to wear purple in honor of military children across the country.

    April 16, 2014 4 Photos

  • Child health: ‘Room for improvement’

    Children living in Marion County are doing better in some respects than children in other counties in the state, according to a national study released Tuesday.
    “The 2013 West Virginia Kids Count Data Book,” published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, compares states and their counties to each other and to the national average of various areas of child health.

    April 16, 2014

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads